The Artist's Masquerade is back out in the world today, and I'm so happy and relieved that it's available again finally. This is the second book in the Chronicles of Tournai series, though it stands alone as they all do, and it's the story of Flavian, a sharp-tongued artist who's in disguise and on the run, and Cathal, the duty-bound and overly proper duke's heir who's caught between familial obligation and his own desires. It's an opposites attract romance with lots of magic, intrigue, and spies. If you read the original version, you don't have to buy the new one (unless you want a copy with the gorgeous cover by Natasha Snow!)—the story remains the same, I've only polished it up a little. If you haven't read it yet, I hope you enjoy Cathal and Flavian's story. These characters and their story have always had a special place in my heart (though I hate to pick favorites!).
NineStar Press is giving away a gift card during the release blitz for The Artist's Masquerade, so visit some blogs and enter, and The Artist's Masquerade is also 40% off at NineStar as part of their sale (along with my other books!).
About The Artist's Masquerade
As the first-born son of a royal duke and cousin to the prince, Cathal has always put his duty to family and country first, even when it conflicts with his own wishes. When Cathal’s father arranges a marriage between him and Velia, cousin to the emperor of Ardunn, without consulting him, he sees no alternative but to go along with his plans for the good of Tournai. But it’s Velia’s companion, Flavia, who fascinates Cathal from the moment he first sets eyes on her. Cathal doesn’t know Flavia is really Flavian, an artist masquerading as a woman to escape Ardunn, a restrictive and repressive place where Flavian’s preference for men is forbidden.
Even when Cathal discovers Flavian’s identity, even as he struggles with his obligations and duty, he cannot fight his attraction to the sharp-tongued artist. Flavian is intrigued by him as well, but Cathal is still betrothed to Velia, and Flavian worries he is more taken with the feminine illusion Flavian presents than the man beneath it. He came to Tournai to start a new life—a safe one—as an artist, and an inconvenient attraction to his friend’s betrothed, a man who happens to be a member of the royal family, is not a part of his plans. While both men battle their longings for each other, spies from Ardunn infiltrate the capital, attempting to uncover Tournai’s weaknesses and secrets. They are also searching for Flavian, who possesses a magical Talent giving him the ability to see the truth of a person just by painting their portrait—something that would be invaluable to Ardunn’s emperor.
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